“Who is responsible for student loans?” In response to my post titled April 28, 2022, frequent commenter Vivian Darkbloom wrote:

At the risk of making it too simple, I’d say it’s the person(s) signing or co-signing the loan agreement.

I LedOL when I saw it. It reminds me of when I was 18 and reading everything I could find to and about Ayn Rand. I can’t find where the original story was printed but Anne Heller, in her excellent biography of Anne Rand, Ayn Rand and the World She Made, tells the story. (Probably the source is in the footnotes, but my copy of Heller’s book is working and I’m at home.)

Ayn Rand was invited to speak at Yale University in February 1960. Heller wrote:

To his surprise, and to Yale’s, the flyer on the law-school bulletin board attracted the largest number of visitors in the history of the Yale series; The overflow was so great that the school installed loudspeakers at the building’s entrance and on the top two floors. During the question-and-answer session, a member of the audience shouted from the balcony, “Under your system, who will look after the janitors?” He sang, young man: the gatekeepers!” And the hall burst into laughter.

The thing I like about his answer, besides the concise accuracy, is that he is willing to enter the fray. Some speakers may have stood up and said, “How dare you ask me questions out of turn?” But he seized the day, with excellent effect.

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